Early Spring

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A typically low-key domestic drama in Ozu's mournful, defeatist vein: it deals with the break-up between an office-worker and his wife when the husband embarks on a tentative affair, and surrounds both partners with extensive webs of friends, relatives, acquaintances and colleagues. It's shot and edited in Ozu's characteristic 'minimalist' style, with hardly any camera movement, a carefully circumscribed syntax, and an editing method that's as unconventional by Japanese standards as it is remote from the Western norm. Ozu's pessimism is deeply reactionary, and the idiosyncrasy of his methods is more interesting for its exoticism than anything else; but anyone who finds the socio-psychological problems of post-war Japan engaging will find the movie both fascinating and rather moving, simply as evidence.

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Duration: 149 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Screenwriter: Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda
Cast: Ryo Ikebe
Chikage Awashima
Keiko Kishi
Chishu Ryu
Daisuke Kato
So Yamamura
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